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Concerts this week BLS & Sevendust

Hopefully everyone made it out to either the Dream Theater or Volbeat shows last night in Seattle, unfortunately I took the night off recovering from 3 weeks gone on the Monsters of Rock, Moody Blues and the Cruise to the Edge cruises in the Bahamas/Mexico, but later this week I'll be back out and so should you! Tomorrow night at the Showbox Sodo the opening night of Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society Revolver Golden Gods Tour starts for the just released (4/8) new album 'Catacombs of the Black Vatican' on eOne Music.

Opening the show is Devil You Know (featuring ex-Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones) and the one and only Butcher Babies! All-ages, show starts at 8pm click here to buy tickets!

Friday night Sevendust arrive to Seattle on their latest tour at El Corazon in support of their brand new CD "Time Travelers & Bonfires" releasing in stores today (4/15) on 7Bros. Records/ADA Label Services.

Sevendust re-recorded six classic tracks acoustically and cut another six new acoustic numbers for this release. This show will be an all-acoustic treat for fans! Don't miss it! 21 and over only, show starts at 9pm. Click here to buy your tickets now! Stream the new CD here from Guitar World on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/guitarworld/sets/sevendust-time-travelers-bonfires and buy here.

For all other KISW sponsored shows this week please visit: http://calendar.kisw.com

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NAMM Media Day & Metal Masters 5

January 22, 2014 - "Iron" Mike & Stephanie Savoia
Media Day at the 2014 NAMM Show!



We have the privilege of getting a preview to about 20 of the new music related creations being released in 2014. Along with these mini media booths, there is a stage where we get to see speakers and demonstrations of several of the inventions/new versions. This is our third year covering NAMM for my KISW blog and this was the best year for demonstrations.

The day started with a demonstration of The Dube. The Dube is the invention by former Mann U and Celtic footballer Dion Dublin. The Dube is similar to a Cajon drum box but does have a few more advantages. Cajons have 1 playing side where are The Dube has 4 playing sides along with the corners which act as the bass drum. The smallest Dube is a 9 inch cube and has a retail cost of $145. This is such a fun drum.



Next for us to see were a trio of cajons by Sela Cajons. The first cajon was the beginner level snare. The beginner was an assemble yourself version and will take about a half hour to assemble. The middle level cajon was fully assembled but still considered a more beginner level cajon. The third was also an assemble yourself, but this was the full Pro version. The snare can be turned on and off. This model has a much more pro looking and feeling finish than the entry level model.



GJ2 unveiled their first signature model - the MMM. This is the Mick Murphy Model. This is a SICK guitar. The cut of the body, the matte finish, the pick ups, just the whole thing in general is ridiculously awesome.

 

Dave Smith instruments demonstrated their Prophet 12 Module. It’s something very compact and can fit easily into small studio spaces as well as large.

 

Parliament Funkadelic’s Kim Manning demonstrated the new hand held air keyboard from Hohner, Inc. This keyboard comes in 32 or 37 keys and is completely air powered. With very little effort, you can blow into the mouthpiece and create some fun accordion type sounds.

 

Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM, along with former Yankee and Latin Grammy nominee Bernie Williams spoke about NAMMs mission to bring music to youth not only in North America but to bring NAMM to Europe.

 

When Bernie finished up his speech, D’Angelico presented Bernie with his signature guitar. It’s a Yankee blue starburst pattern and there will not be many made. I don’t remember the exact number, but it was less than 200 and each will be signed by Bernie.

 

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus’ Executive Director Brian Rothschild brought the mission of the bus to us. I didn’t realize it spent so much time on the road actually getting the gear in the bus into the hands of kids around the country. With so many schools cutting back on or eliminating art and music programs, this tour bus is sometimes the first time a child can have a hands on experience with musical instruments or musical tools.

 

Along with the tour bus, the Los Angeles College of Music’s new songwriting chairperson Art Alexsakis, of Everclear. You heard that right. Art is now contributing to teaching students how to really write songs. This is a relative first in music colleges and I think it will go a long way influencing other music college offerings. As a special treat, Art also sang Everclear’s hit song ‘Santa Barbara’. {See video below}

 

IK Multimedia brought us the fun hands free midi program controllers called iRings. I got to play around with these and it was too much fun changing the number of tracks that were playing and special effects.

 

The last demonstration was by the band SHEL. They demonstrated new mandolins by Weber Fine Instruments. These 4 sisters (there were 2 at the demo) from Colorado are really pretty dang amazing. Even the Fender reps were asking them all sorts of questions after their demo.



Stephanie's favorite product of the day was The Dube. I think the drummer of the family may be getting one for his birthday or next Christmas. My favorite product had to go to Fender Guitars American Deluxe Plus. A new guitar that has a solderless system and a 'Personality Card' slot in the back of the guitar! Mind blowing capabilities to sounds like never before! Watch my sample video: 



Metal Masters 5 - House of Blues - Updating later but here's some pics!


 

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Pearl Jam Delivers a Home Show for the Ages

How hot was this ticket to Pearl Jam in the Key Arena? Tickets online were going anywhere from $250-$1500. Even found one person posting their tickets on Stubhub for $25,000! Obviously they didn't want to sell them, but if some dumb local rich fool was desperate for their awesome seats it could've been a big possibility, but no one replied. After I shot the first three songs of the set I had to leave the back stage area of the arena and reenter with my ticket through one of the entry doors. Numerous people were out there and I had 3 different fans wanting to buy my ticket. Offered $300, $500 and as I was going down the stairs to the door another person yelled $750 cash! Sorry no money could stop me from watching this show especially since my wife (Stephanie) was already in her seat and the band had given us tickets to the otherwise sold-out show since the day they went on sale. 

How about this for a setlist that went from 8:45pm to 12:15 am! Setlist: Pendulum / Nothingman / Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town / Interstellar Overdrive (Pink Floyd cover) / Corduroy / Lightning Bolt / Mind Your Manners / Given to Fly / Pilate / Garden / Getaway / Even Flow / Sirens / In My Tree / Do the Evolution / Unthought Known / Black / Let the Records Play / Spin the Black Circle / Lukin / Better Man / Encore 1: After Hours (The Velvet Underground cover) / Let Me Sleep (First time since 1994) / Future Days / Daughter / Chloe Dancer (Mother Love Bone cover) / Crown of Thorns (Mother Love Bone cover) / Breath / State of Love and Trust / Porch / Encore 2: Supersonic / Got Some / Rearviewmirror / Alive / Kick Out the Jams (MC5 cover w/  Mark Arm & Steve Turner (Mudhoney), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) / Eruption (Van Halen cover) / Yellow Ledbetter

I like to keep my blogs short and too the point so I'll just mention some highlights to this monster Pearl Jam 37 song, 3.5 hour set on the last day of the U.S. "Lightning Bolt" album tour.

- Opening the show was Seattle's Sub-Pop legends Mudhoney! Supporting their ninth studio album released earlier this year called "Vanishing Point", the band cruised through a killer short set highlighting their classic fuzzed-out punk grunge rock with: Slipping Away / Here Comes Sickness / 1995 / Sonic Infusion / When Tomorrow Hits / In 'N' Out of Grace / I Like It Small. 
- Vedder sharing his amazing near drowning experience in Hawaii and bringing out the girl (Ashley Baxter) who saved him all those years ago before “Future Days.”
- Joking around about their Macklemore charity competition where they're combining forces with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and the Slog this holiday season to help raise money for the Orion Center, which houses homeless teens in Seattle WA.
- Soundgarden's Kim Thayil and Mudhoney's Mark Arm & Steve Turner jumping onstage with Pearl Jam to blast MC5's "Kick Out the Jams." Even Tim DiJulio (noted Seattle guitarist) got to see some action. [See crazy side stage video] Oh and the drunk guy that gets onstage I think is former Mudhoney/Melvins bassist Matt Lukin. Yes "Lukin" that Pearl Jam tune!
- Highlight of the show for me was hearing Pearl Jam play Mother Love Bone covers “Chloe Dancer” and “Crown of Thorns.” Made me reminisce of how good that band was and to the Seattle singers like Andrew Wood that are no longer with us.
 - I was amazed at how many different countries were represented in Seattle at the show by all the flags. All the people behind me when I was shooting in the pit were from Brazil! It gave the Key Arena a cool overall vibe, like a good old soccer game crowd jumping up and down, singing etc. Check out my iPhone video coverage (yes 30min worth) below to get a feel for the crowd vibe. It was amazing! Check the video also for the amazing lighting rig play the band does onstage and Eddie going 30ft up hanging on for dear life even after a couple bottles of wine he had on stage.



One of the best overall rock shows I've ever seen in Seattle. Check out show photos on KISW's Facebook page or even more on my concert photography Facebook page Savoia Photography Live. Only disappointment I had (besides what classics I could've photoed if I shot the whole show) was they didn't play "Jeremy"! I wanted to hear Jeff Ament start that bass line and hear that crowd roar. Oh well can't always get what ya want. I know the fans waiting outside in the freezing weather that didn't get in had a lot more to complain about than my lucky ass! ;)  "Iron" Mike - http://blogs.kisw.com/ironmike

 

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Vaginal Knitting Funky Slayer & Bday Ozzy

Ok if that blog headline didn't catch your eye then nothing will, but the intranet this morning had some hilarious simulations for my eyes and ears on various Facebook feeds. The first one was like "WTF"! Introducing the wonderful world of Vaginal Knitting...never knew there was such a thing and I'm kinda gagging on the thought of this weird activist hipster art. This chick is spending 28 days (yeah I'm not even going there) doing a performance art called "Casting off my Womb" in Australia. I'm not even embedding that YouTube video here (view at your own personal discretion - nothing bad) but I will embed two awesome 70s Funk meets 80s Metal mashups by a YouTube creator called WaxAudio

I grew up on early 70s Funk/Soul Train before I truly discovered rock/metal music so this is rather hilarious to me seeing Slayer's South Of Heaven and Marvin Gaye's Heard It Through The Grapevine mashed for "South Of The Grapevine" and Metallica's "Master of Puppets" with Herbie Hancock's "Doin' It" mashed for "Master Of Doin' It". 

Oh yeah happy 65th today to the one and only Ozzy!

To end this blog with a good laugh, did ya hear this last night in the Seattle Seahawks slaughter of the New Orleans Saints game? The game was delayed because of this HA HA!! Unlock the mute button in the upper left corner of the video to hear. It's a continuous sound bit. 

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NIN & Dir En Grey Show Reviews

Nine Inch Nails/Explosions in the Sky - Key Arena - Seattle 11.22.13 - Review/Photos: "Iron" Mike Savoia

Last night was interesting. I really was suppose to be in two places at the same time, but obviously I don't have a clone yet but I have super wifey to help in those situations. It wasn't suppose to be like that because Thursday night Japan's Dir En Grey was suppose to play the Showbox Market but due to a broken down tour bus they couldn't make it to Seattle in time. So lucky enough they had last night off as did the Showbox Market so they just pushed the Thursday show to last night. Total bummer for me, obviously I'm not missing shooting NIN since it's been nearly 2 decades since the last time I did when they co-headlined with (yes this is correct) David Bowie! See I still have my pass from the 10/24/95 Tacoma Dome show. [View Here]

In a real rarity, I didn't get to see the whole show because they didn't give us review tickets and we actually couldn't enter back into the building with our camera stuff until the band was in around the 8th song so we were lucky enough to watch songs 9 & 10 ("Find My Way" & "Sanctified") then jumped in the photo pit for songs 11, 12 & 13 ("In Two" "The Frail" & "The Wretched"). Let me tell ya, even though I got some cool shots these do no justice to the overall stage rig and lighting amazement! If you paid the big bucks to see NIN I'm sure you got a visual light overload like you've never seen before in a concert. Hopefully they had seizure warning signs at the doors (for those sensitive to strobe lights etc.), it was that intense and awesome! Trent Reznor owned his spot on stage like a beast. Completely engulfed in the moment and emotionalizing what he was singing. When square pieces of the lighting rig came down just feet above the performers heads in their blue haze it made for a cool "Close Encounters" like moment as seen in the photo above.

So for the short time of the set I saw, it was spectacular. Trent was dead on and his rather large band brought it. For the big money people paid I think they got their monies worth. Setlist: Copy of A/1,000,000/Terrible Lie/March of the Pigs/Piggy/All Time Low/Disappointed/Came Back Haunted/Find My Way/Sanctified/In Two/The Frail/The Wretched/Satellite/Survivalism/Running/A Warm Place/Somewhat/Damaged/Wish/The Hand That Feeds/Head Like a Hole - Encore: All the Love in the World/Even Deeper/While I'm Still Here/Black Noise/Hurt. For more NIN photos from the show check out our album on our KISW Facebook page HERE and KISW.com gallery HERE.

Opening the NIN show was a cool experimental progressive rock band from Texas called Explosions in the Sky. They played only 5 songs but they all averaged over 5 minutes making for a nice short set.

 

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Dir En Grey/Dagoba - Showbox Market - Seattle 11.22.13 - Review/Photos: Stephanie Savoia

The show was a day late, after a broken down bus from Denver to Seattle, but that didn't matter to the masses that chose to go to the Dir En Grey show at the Showbox Market instead of Nine Inch Nails at the Key!

Opening up for Dir En Grey was French band Dagoba in support of their newest release 'Post Mortem Nihil Est'. With their heavy industrial metal sound and deep grooves, they were a great choice to get the crowd warmed up for the headliner. Singer Shawter had great energy and made his way onto the barrier to be closer to the crowd on several occasions. I was drawn to the bass player, Werther, and the drummer Frank. Both were very high energy and kept the crowd into the performance.



I was not familiar with Dir En Grey. Mike was supposed to shoot this show on Thursday night but with the breakdown and move to Friday night, he was at Nine Inch Nails and I stepped in to cover Dir En Grey.

I'm going to start with - Wow - just WOW! This was a really hard show to cover visually. Singer Kyo had his head covered in a shroud the entire time I was in the pit and the stage lighting was the dreaded blues and reds. Occasionally Kyo would hold the shroud in a way that a fan would catch it and give you a quick glimpse at his skeletal made up face. Kyo has a ridiculous vocal range. He goes from death metal growling to screamo to J-pop to almost operatic in mere seconds!



The rest of the band complemented Kyo very well. I could tell immediately who the girls were there to see though as I heard countless voices calling for Toshiya the bass player. This cat was crazy on the bass. He was as interesting to watch as Kyo as well.



I kinda think I got the better end of the deal this time. Nine Inch Nails would have been cool, but I got to discover two bands I otherwise may never have heard of. So I'd like to thank the Dir En Grey bus for breaking down! Check out their latest album "The Unraveling" on iTunes and more concert photos on my Facebook photo page.

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Dir En Grey, NIN, Woodstick this week

Rockaholics! We have some dang cool shows this week starting tonight at the Showbox Market!

Thursday 11/21 - Dir En Grey (Japan) & Dagoba (France) - Showbox Market - Tickets still available here. All-Ages! SHOW UPDATE 2:00PM 11/21: Due to transportation issues tonight’s Dir En Grey show at Showbox at the Market is postponing to tomorrow night, Fri. Nov. 22nd. All other show details remain the same. All tickets purchased for tonight’s show will be honored. More info & tickets here: http://bit.ly/1dAhJ4U

Notes: Of all the J-Rock bands around Dir En Grey are probably the most interesting. A musical melting pot of experimental combos of progressive-nu-death-screamo metal, rock, avant-garde etc. Your guess is good as mine. Lead singer Kyo is very known for his multi-personality vocal style and range that actually landed him on the DL again last year with vocal nodule dysphonia. Fan's of heavy bass driven beats will love bassist Toshiya! Opening the show will be the industrial/groove metal band from France, Dagoba

Friday 11/22 - Nine Inch NailsExplosions In the Sky - Key Arena - Tickets SOLD-OUT!

Notes: The return of NIN finally hits Seattle! Last time I saw/shot NIN? Yes, 18 years ago 10/24/95 in the Tacoma Dome when they did the co-headline Dissonance/Outside tour with David Bowie! <click here to see photo pass> That was awesome cause opening the show was Prick who released one of my favorite debut self-titled albums of the 90s. A band who signed with Reznor's Nothing label in which he produced four of the album's ten tracks.

One guarantee for the lucky one's going to the NIN show tomorrow will be it's 2013 and NIN will have visual technology on its side for a stage show that was only imaginable back in 1995. Check out this pre-tour documentation to see what I mean on some of the awesome visual concepts for this "Tension 2013" tour.

NIN's eighth studio album Hesitation Marks was released on August 30, 2013 and debuted at #3 of the Billboard 200 charts. Click here to hear samples and buy this release on iTunes. A BIG shout of respect goes out to Trent Reznor for his news he made this week reaching out to a huge NIN's fan (Andrew Youssef) and fellow concert photographer nearing his time on earth with us. Yes, he calls him during the show onstage in Las Vegas with FaceTime! Read this article and see the touching video with Andrew! Here's video from the front row in Las Vegas when it happened, but check out the article for the real video. Tonight the band is in Vancouver, BC then have 3 remaining shows in the USA before heading to Australia/New Zealand, South America and then Europe for 2014. Keep up-to-date with NIN on Facebook & their Official Website. Watch for my show photos on KISW.com and KISW Facebook too! 

Sunday 11/24/13 - Woodstick 2013 - EQC Emerald Queen Casino Showroom - Tickets at door.

Notes: Come participate or spectate at one of the worlds biggest drums shows and clinics around! All-ages! For full details click here!

WHERE: Emerald Queen Showroom, 2024 E.29th St, Tacoma WA 98404
WHEN: November 24th, Sunday 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Doors open at 10:00 AM
Plan to arrive no later than 2:00pm in order to be set up before the event starts. Free drum clinics and drum performances will begin at 11:00 am up until 3:00 pm show time.
GUEST ARTISTS: Woodstick will feature the following drummers for clinics, live performance and autographs. Clinic schedule will be announced soon.
1) Kenny Aronoff, (Mellencamp, Fogerty, session legend) TAMA, Zildjian, Remo, Vic Firth, Kickport
2) Todd Sucherman, (STYX) Pearl, Sabian, Remo, ProMark, Hudson
3) Rich Redmond, (Jason Aldean), Roland V-Drums, DW
4) Mike Johnston, (Mikeslessons.com) Gretsch, Meinl
5) JP Bouvet, (Dave Mackay Group, Helicopria, 2011 GC Drum Off, Roland V-Drum Contest winner) DW, Meinl, Remo, Vic Firth
6) Michael Derosier, (Original Heart drummer)
7) Russ Miller, (Studio great) Mapex
8) Jeff Kathan,(Paul Rodgers, Spike and the Impalers) DW, Sabian, Remo, Vic Firth
9) Jon Bolton (Apple Jam, Beatniks)

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Killswitch Engage and Huntress play on

Monday nights show at the Showbox Sodo was a last resort move to salvage what was suppose to be a Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage,Testament and Huntress show at the Kent Showare Center. Sunday word spread quickly that Lamb of God had to cancel due to an undisclosed personal family matter. Understood, so Killswitch Engage went on to play with Huntress and added Seattle's own Witchburn to the bill at the Showbox Sodo. The buzz then was why did Testament cancel also? All 4 bands played last night in Vancouver which didn't set well with Testament fans in Seattle. If you have a ticket, you'll get a partial refund automatically credited back to you and your ticket will still be good for Showbox Sodo show. If you chose not to go to the show, a full refund is available at your point of purchase. So on with the show! 

Opening was Seattle's very own metal behemoths Witchburn! A two female and two male abracadabra of sludging Southern-fried Sabbath anthem riffage got every bone in that venue moving around. There is no better female singing/guitarist combo with Jamie Nova & Mischa Kianne in the business.

With an unexpected crowd, Witchburn (not Withburn as printed on the concert tickets) laid down a mighty hammer of sound upon the crowd that had many running to their merch table after their show in exciting amazement. With their 30 minute set, they blasted through 5 songs (many 5min+) opening with "Warning to the Weak" off their new CD "Bathed in Blood" and ending with "Bleed The Stone" off their classic debut CD (I actually did all the photography and CD layout for this) "This is How We Slay Our Demons".

Check out Witchburn online at Facebook or at their official website/store. One of Seattle's top (if not the top) rock/metal bands around! 

Next up was Los Angeles' Huntress. Band formed by the amazing screaming vocalist Jill Janus. Possessing a 4 octave range, Jill developed a coloratura soprano range early in life and began singing with operas at the age of 10! Read her wild bio story here. A self-proclaimed solitary witch, Jill is one of the nicest, intelligent and focused gals in I've ever met in rock/metal music. She's putting everything into her dreams of success with this band.

The band blend a style that has been compared to classic heavy metal mixed with influences of rock, thrash, power and doom metal. Check out their new amazing video for their new single "Zenith". A '60s-like visual psychedelic, witchy, space, and occult themed orgasm for your computer screen. 

Huntress 40 minute set included: "Senicide", "Destroy Your Life", "Spell Eater", "I Want To F**k You To Death" (written by Lemmy of Motorhead), "Zenith" and "Eight of Swords". Fantastic band and the new album "Starbound Beast" will surprise ya. The video for "Zenith" is the albums fastest and heaviest track. The album as a whole is a testament to metal styles from the 80s to present times. Visit Huntress online at their Facebook or official website locations. 

Headliners Killswitch Engage hit the stage. Thank you Killswitch for continuing the tour stop and playing the Showbox Sodo. Opening with the music of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" through the sound system, the crowd was ready for battle and went wild as the band hit the stage and blasted into "A Bid Farewell".

Original vocalist Jesse Leech (1999-2002) is now back in band and touring after he quit in 2002. Howard Jones who sang from 2002-2012 and helped the band go multiple Gold-album status through his tenure had to quit to allow himself to manage his type 2 diabetes. How serious was it? He recently came out of a 3-day coma because of it. Photo shooting these guys is like trying to catch a Tasmanian devil with your bare hands and not getting injured. Active insanity onstage. Guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz is always hilarious to shoot. He's like a human cartoon character each time I see him play. Last time he was wearing a black Dracula cape and torn jeans shorts. This time around he looked like a American sponsored (headband/guitar strap) "Run Forrest Run" Gump running around the stage. At one point during the show he took his guitar off and handed it to someone on side stage and then proceeded to run the whole length of the stage like he was doing lines in gym class. Ha! No doubt he stays in shape onstage nightly but the dude has to be careful with all his previous back injuries and operations years past. 



With a setlist that spanned their whole career the fans were in Killswitch Engage heaven moshing, singing and kept their continuous wave of crowd surfing going throughout the whole show. Security up front earned their money this night. A Bid Farewell / The New Awakening / Fixation on the Darkness / Rose of Sharyn / No End in Sight / This Is Absolution / You Don't Bleed for Me / Vide Infra / Life to Lifeless / Turning Point / My Last Serenade / In Due Time / My Curse / The End of Heartache.

Supporting their new 2013 album " Disarm the Descent" on Roadrunner Records, here's the new videos for the singles "In Time Due" and the emotional "Always".

Killswitch are here to stay, killer metal band on record and especially entertaining and crushing live! Metalcore for the masses! Go check out Killswitch Engage! Facebook or Official Website

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Slayer crushes Seattle Last Night

After Slayer destroyed the WaMu Theater in Seattle last night, many of us woke up this morning to no power and a continuing wind storm blasting the region. Thanks Slayer, come destroy then leave town in a continuing stormy mess..ha! Lets face it, it's nothing new after seeing them play Seattle for nearly 30 years now. The first Slayer show I saw was June 29, 1984 right out of high school at the Norway Center. I know I have some pics of that show in a box somewhere but lets compare setlists from last night to back then cause I really felt it was old-school.

6/29/84: Hell Awaits/Evil Has No Boundaries/Haunting the Chapel/Metal Storm/Face the Slayer/The Final Command/Necrophiliac/Crionics/Black Magic/Aggressive Perfector/Captor of Sin/Chemical Warfare/The Antichrist/Encore: Fight Till Death/Witching Hour(Venom cover)/Die by the Sword/Show No Mercy

11/1/13: Hell Awaits/The Antichrist/Necrophiliac/Mandatory Suicide/Captor of Sin/War Ensemble/Postmortem/Altar of Sacrifice/Jesus Saves/At Dawn They Sleep/Die by the Sword/Spirit in Black/Seasons in the Abyss/Strike of the Beast(Exodus cover)/Dead Skin Mask/Raining Blood/Black Magic/Encore: South of Heaven/Angel of Death

There ya go, 6 songs from the first two records were played last night and they even added in an Exodus cover of "Strike of the Beast" in there.

Reason being, obviously, cause Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is now cemented in the band with the passing of original guitarist Jeff Hanneman this past May due to alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver. Let's not forget Jeff's recent necrotizing fasciitis infection (the flesh-eating disease) that devastated his well-being in 2011 from a spider bite and pretty much ended his guitar playing too. Last time I saw him play live was at the Big 4 in California. Seeing the hole in his arm wasn't the most pleasant of sights, but it was amazing to see him play one more time. I've taken some pretty cool shots of him over the years. He was missed but remembered during the encore with the Hanneman "Still Reigning" backdrop. Gary Holt has always been one of the most underrated and best guitarist in Metal and technically a plus for Slayer. Also missing for Slayer was original drummer Dave Lombardo, Paul Bostaph (Exodus/Testament) is now a member of the band and don't get me wrong, he was great, but there was something missing at times in key moments that set Lombardo from the pack. It was especially noticed during the quick solo part in "Angel of Death". Oh well there's only one Dave Lombardo. Other than that it was really a great show but weird not seeing Jeff onstage like that last time I saw the band in this venue as pictured below.  



Big props to Slayer for pulling out a setlist that was old-school in my books. I'm sure ESPN's John Clayton who was there too enjoyed that! (See his commercial at blog bottom) If you're a fan of the older stuff I'd get your ass out there and check out this tour! For more of my Slayer photos click here. Opening acts 4arm and Gojira were great. 4arm hails from Australia and killed it! Blending the whole power metal, Slayer, Bay-Area style thrash into one that was killer live! I'll definitely check their new album "Submission for Liberty" out on Rising Records.

Before Slayer hit the stage France's Gojira annihilated everyone with their HEAVIER than HEAVY crunch metal. Imagine the movie soundtrack in Godzilla's head as he destroys cities! Their latest release called "L'Enfant Sauvage" see's the band crush all competitors in this genre! Really great band live! Go to http://www.gojira-music.com!







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Seattle Skyline Returns With Rainier Beer R

Tonight history was made in Seattle with the 13 year absence of the iconic "R" on top of the old Rainier Brewery off I-5 in Seattle. For nearly 5 decades the iconic red "R" lit the Seattle skyline, but when Tully's Coffee bought the old brewery building they brought down the "R" and put their own green "T" in its place. For us older Seattleites it was like a daily punch in the stomach every time ya drove down I-5 and saw the lighted "T". Well after 13 years on September 18, 2013, Tully's (under new owners) decided to replace the green "T" with a replica of the red "R" sign. The green "T" sign was removed on September 30, 2013, and the new red "R" sign was installed tonight by Western Neon! Read the history (since 1878 - 11 years before Washington became a state) of this historic beer company HERE. If it wasn't for Rainier we probably wouldn't have half of the beer companies we have here including KISW's Men's Room beer by the Elysian Brewing. If you are old enough to remember the classic Rainier Beer commercials of the 70s/80s you know how ingrained it is in our blood. The greatest commercial of them all...you know:

View all the classic commercials on YouTube at the Rainier Beer channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/rainierbeertv/videos
Remember the Rainier Beer Grazers?

Here's some photos from the Restore The "R" Neighborhood Crawl Tuesday and tonights Installation Party! To view a complete album of photos from both days CLICK HERE











....and of course after we shot all the photos we had to party some Rainier beer too!!! See King 5's video coverage HERE of the event.

"Iron" Mike & Stephanie Savoia



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Joe Satriani Living Colour Hank3

How do I achieve covering 2 shows at the same time on the same night? Easy job when ya have a fellow concert photographer wife ;) Last night I covered the Joe Satriani/Living Colour show at the Paramount Theater and Stephanie covered the Hank3 show at the Showbox Market. Here's out quick thoughts and photos from the shows:

Joe Satriani / Living Colour - Paramount Theater 10.22.13 by "Iron" Mike Savoia

Talk about an insane flashback! I found out just days before the show that Living Colour were opening the show! Currently celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the classic album "VIVID" the band played a 40min set that included "Funny Vibe", "Open Letter (To a Landlord)", "The Cult of Personality", some Hendrix and one of my favorites of the night with "Desperate People" (see video). Doug Wimbish's bass solo was pretty badass too, but the moment of the night for me came in a 22 year ago flashback! The photo says it all. Same venue, same spot nearly 23 years ago with film and last night with digital. 

The original 4 members  - Vernon Reid (guitar), Corey Glover (vocals), Will Calhoun (drums) & Doug Wimbish (bass) - are still monster players and haven't lost a beat live. I remember Corey Glover being a little more active onstage but then again that was 2 decades ago. The most important thing though is he still has that awesome powerful voice and still hits some notes guys half his age wish they could! Living Color are currently finishing up a new album and they'll be back out touring the states in 2014! Online: https://www.facebook.com/LivingColour





Headliner and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani hit the stage  before 9pm with his amazing touring band consisting of Marco Minnemann (drums), Bryan Beller (bass) and Mike Keneally (keyboards & guitar). The jam sessions they had were mind boggling and Mike Keneally is amazing!



They flew through (actually lost count) around 20 songs including his well known tracks such as "Satch Boogie", "Ice 9", and "Surfing with the Alien". Satriani also played a few tracks from his latest 2013 CD "Unstoppable Momentum" on Epic Records like the show opener "Jumpin' In" (only song I got to shoot photos during), "A Door into Summer" and "Shine On American Dreamer ". What can be said about Joe Satriani that hasn't already been said. The guy is a master guitar player with so many techniques and tricks it boggles the mind this guy is from planet earth! I mean he was a guitar instructor for Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett and Alex Skolnick to name a few. 

I was really excited to see Marco Minnemann on drums with Joe Satriani. Amazing drummer who plays with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) solo projects and tours. His drum solo was amazing last night! They had a great multi-media screen behind the stage that made things interesting to watch for certain songs. Cool fast motion videos of city scapes, nature, bridges, lights etc. With all the instrumental playing and soloing going on if your not 100% a fan of this style you'll get a little bored after awhile so the video screen was a great touch to keep eye interest to the stage. Over all I've seen Joe Satriani the past couple of years as a solo artist and with the supergroup Chickenfoot, last night was the best of his solo tours I've seen. Now lets get a G3 tour for 2014! Online: www.satriani.com



Hank3 - Showbox Market - Seattle 10.22.13 by Stephanie Savoia

I wasn't too familiar with Hank3 before I walked into the door at the Showbox Market tonight. I had watched a few videos and looked at his previous setlist from earlier in the month. It gave me pause... 59 songs. 4 hour set - 59 SONGS. And I thought I was impressed with Markey Ramone's 39 song set! This set was insane. Awesomely insane though.

The crowd was rowdy from the moment I got in line to get in, but it was a good clean fun kinda rowdy. This show gave you Hank with 3 different bands. First Hank came out and played with his 5 piece Damn Band for a "country" set. Those lyrics are not what I would really call country. A wee bit suggestive (OK - Flat out suggestive and raunchy - and fun!). He is joined by Attention Deficit Domination while the Craig Baldwan film Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America plays on the screen. 3 Bar Ranch rounds out the show for a very metal mania stint.

I loved it. I got my shirt and I'll be grabbing the latest releases: A Fiendish Threat and Brothers of the 4x4. The single and double CD releases, respectively, hit stores back on the 1st of October. After what I saw tonight, I know they will be worth the pick up. Hank3 is the grandson of Country legend Hank Williams and son of Hank Williams, Jr. Online: hank3.com

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